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Kirarin Revolution (English: Sparkling Revolution) is a 14 volume manga series by An Nakahara published in the Shojo magazine Ciao. It was also adapted into a 153 episode anime series in 2006 and became the vehicle for propelling 14-year-old Morning Musume member Koharu Kusumi into stardom.

The story follows a ravenous 14 year old named Kirari Tsukishima, who spends most of her time preoccupied with food and eating. She does not pay much attention to anything else but this. However, things changes when one day when she saves a turtle and ends up meeting a boy named Seiji. As a reward for saving his pet, he gives Kirari a ticket to a concert for the idol band SHIPS. When she tries to go to the concert, though, she meets another boy named Hiroto, who destroys her ticket, telling her to stay away from Seiji because they are two completely different people. When Kirari sneaks into the concert, she find out what he means by this; both Seiji and Hiroto are in the band SHIPS. Determined to win Seiji's love and become part of his world, Kirari begins her quest of becoming an Idol Singer.


This series contains examples of:

  • Otaku: Seiji disguises himself as such often.
  • Plucky Girl: Kirari doesn't let herself get down easily.
  • Running Gag: Everything Kirari attemps to create, be it drawing, cooking or sewing, turns into a mushroom, or becomes mushroom themed.
    • Whenever Kirari's grandmother fangirls over Hiroto or is mentioned, Hiroto suddenly gets the chills.
  • Sacred First Kiss: In episodes 11-13, Kirari is mortified at the prospect of having her first kiss taken for a movie. Her father has a similar reaction and even comes down with a fever. All Played for Laughs of course. In the end, Hiroto manages to fake the kiss when a curtain blocks the camera.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seiji supports Hiroto/Kirari.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: In an early episode, Kirari disguises herself as a boy to go to an idol audition where SHIPS are acting as judges, the reason being that the audition is only accepting male applicants. She ends up attracting the attention of resident gonk Morita.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Hiroto. More noticeable in the earlier episodes. After that, he gets a bit less snarky.


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